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Seed Library

Welcome to the Mildred Whipple Library Community Seed Library!

 

The Community Seed Library at the Mildred Whipple Library is a free program committed to supporting community gardeners of all ages and experience levels.

 

Our Community Seed Library seeks to inspire local gardeners by providing free access to open-pollinated and heirloom seeds; supporting and connecting our community through gardening-related programming, resources, and education; and promoting biodiversity, sustainability, and greater food security through seed saving and sharing.

Seed Library Disclaimer: Please note that not all seeds may germinate or produce viable plants. While we do our best to ensure seed quality, we also can't guarantee that all seed donations will be what is listed on the seed packet label. Seeds saved by community members may not meet state germination or labeling standards.

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How to use the Seed Library

1. Find the Seed Library at the Mildred Whipple Library in our antique card catalog.

 

2. Select packets of seed varieties you would like to try. Write down which seed packets you take, or take them to the library desk to "check" them out. The seeds you borrow will not show on your account or be due back, but this helps library staff keep track of seed inventory. Additional growing information for all seeds can be found online by searching by the original seed supplier listed on each packet.

3. Grow your seeds. Check the library's calendar for garden-related programming and use the Gardening Resources below to help make your gardening season a success. Also consider sharing photos of your garden with the library! Tag us on social media or email a photo to info@ndld.org.

4. Save seeds (optional). Please consider saving seeds from your harvest to help continue to grow and improve our seed library collection over time. If you plan to return seeds for next year, please follow the seed saving guidelines for that species. If you are concerned about cross-pollination in seeds you have saved, please grow them an additional season at home to make sure they are true-to-type.

5. Donate seeds (optional)! We accept donations of clean and dry heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. Donations can be made at the library desk. Type of crop, seed age, and storage method are important viability factors to consider for growing success.

Seed Library Inventory & Seed Saving Guidelines:

Seed Donations

Our seed library is stocked exclusively with donated vegetable, herb, and flower seeds from local individuals and businesses. Please consider donating seeds to help our community seed library continue to grow and improve.

1. Seeds saved from your home garden: Please consider saving seeds from your harvest to help continue to grow and improve our seed library collection over time. If you plan to return seeds for next year, please follow the seed saving guidelines for that species. If you are concerned about cross-pollination in seeds you have saved, please grow them an additional season at home to make sure they are true-to-type. Type of crop, seed age, and storage method are important viability factors to consider for growing success. For home garden seed donations, you will be asked to fill out a donation form with the 1) Plant, 2) Variety, 3) Seed Origin, and 4) Seed Year.

2. New, or partially used, commercial seed packets: We accept donations of clean and dry heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. Donations can be made at the library desk. Type of crop, seed age, and storage method are important viability factors to consider for growing success.

Gardening Resources

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This webpage is a growing resource for our seed library!

Make suggestions to the Mildred Whipple Library:

info@ndld.org

541-836-2648

or visit during library open hours.

Gardening Resources
Using the Seed Library
Seed Donations
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